Falcon – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

DT 29172

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29172

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Greetings from Ottawa, where we are still enjoying autumn weather — unlike Calgary where winter has hit with a vengeance. As I will be travelling west to Manitoba next week, I hope Alberta keeps its snow to itself.… Continue reading

DT 29166

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29166

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Greetings from Ottawa, where autumn is definitely in the air. The leaves are beginning to turn and will soon become an explosion of colour.

I found today’s puzzle from RayT to be leaning toward the easier end of his range but the enjoyment level was situated in the upper echelons.… Continue reading

DT 29142

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29142

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Greetings from Ottawa, where we are enjoying the final vestiges of summer. Days are shorter, nights are cooler, and The Farmer’s Almanac predicts a brutal winter ahead.

Today’s puzzle is without question the work of RayT.… Continue reading

DT 29112

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29112

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Greetings from Ottawa, where a cold, wet spring has given way to a hot, steamy summer. To cite Billy Wilder, “Some Like It Hot” and for those like myself who do, July has been ideal.… Continue reading

DT 29082

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29082

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Greetings from Ottawa, where we are having a few days of summer-like weather. Let’s hope it lasts as spring was pretty much a washout — in more ways than one.… Continue reading

DT 29058

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29058

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Greetings from Ottawa, where spring is struggling to emerge. It has been one of the coldest and wettest springs on record and many low-lying riverfront properties are submerged (so 16d is rather timely).… Continue reading

DT 29028

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29028

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Greetings from Ottawa, where we enjoyed a sunny and warm spring day yesterday. However, a heavy rainfall warning has been issued for the next couple of days. With the ground still frozen and consequently unable to absorb the downpour, there is danger of flooding.… Continue reading

DT 29010

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29010

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Greetings from Ottawa, where several days of above freezing temperatures have started to have a noticeable effect on the snowbanks.

I logged into the Telegraph Puzzles website this evening (Wednesday) to a nasty surprise.… Continue reading

DT 28992

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28992

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Greetings from Ottawa where we have been enjoying crisp, sunny weather for the most part. The days are getting noticeably longer and North America will change over to Daylight Saving Time on the weekend — three weeks ahead of the UK.… Continue reading